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Instagram internally testing Direct Messages for web

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app is reportedly testing internally a of Direct Messages (DMs) that would allow personal chat and sharing of posts between users on the app.

If and when the feature rolls out for public, it would enable users to chat via on a desktop, laptop PC, Mac and non-or

"and tipster alerted us about the Instagram's test. It's still being internally 'dogfooded' -- used heavily by employees to identify bugs or necessary product changes. But she was able to dig past security and access the feature from both a desktop computer and mobile web browser," reported late on Tuesday.

In the current design, Direct on the web is reportedly available from a Direct arrow icon in the top right of the screen.

added notifications feature in 2016, and later in 2017 added and some other features for

With a 1-billion user-base worldwide, the app still does not allow to post Stories from the desktop.

Rolling out a of Direct could prove to be a full-fledged alternative rather than just a tacked-on feature for discussing the photo and video app's content, the report said.

launched its chat feature on web before releasing it on

Similarly, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp launched a in 2015 followed by desktop clients in 2016.

It could also pave the way for Facebook's upcoming unification of the for Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct that should expand and allow cross-app chat, the report added.

Instagram has not officially responded or commented on the subject.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 17:32 IST